Monthly Archives: January 2013

Pick of the day: Why Do Economic Forecasters Get It Wrong?

One more blog post on economics. This time taking apart economic predictions about Italy: “What can we learn from these numbers? The crisis has shown how wrong the assumptions and relationships at the core of mainstream economics were. They were … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Seeing double: what China’s copycat culture means for architecture | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

“An alpine town, the Eiffel Tower, the whole Manhattan skyline … China is replicating the world’s architectural gems. But now Zaha Hadid would like it to stop.” “…From pirated DVDs to knock-off designer brands, the country has a thriving counterfeit … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: The Washington Post – An amazing mea culpa from the IMF’s chief economist on austerity

by Ares Kalandides As the economic crisis in Europe deepens, I find it harder and harder to talk about places as if they were isolated and their development only depended on endogenous factors. For that reason I will be reblogging … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Thierse ‘drags Berlin debate to a new low’ – The Local

With his intolerant comments about Swabian newcomers, long-time Berlin resident and former Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse has taken the debate about gentrification in the German capital to a new low, argues Christian Bangel of ZEIT ONLINE. read the whole story here: … Continue reading

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Academics versus Practitioners: Bridging an Artificial Divide

by Ares Kalandides There is something very symbolic about the way that the two Humboldt brothers perch in front of the main University building that bears their name in Berlin. Academia sits on a pedestal as a “grand seigneur”. This … Continue reading

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Gardens in the City (I): Community Gardening

by Markus Kather Despite (or because of) the grey Berlin winter, I was thinking about green spaces lately. Urban gardening and urban gardens became one of the top issues in urbanism: as a (planner’s) strategy to deal with transformations in … Continue reading

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